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Join the Multi-Specialty Vision Commission for the Future of Board Certification


he Planning Committee for the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future initiative is issuing a Call for Nominations for 21 to 25 individuals to serve on the Vision Commission.

Designed to be a collaborative and transparent process, the Commission will bring together multiple stakeholders to assess the current state of continuing Board Certification and envision its framework for the future. The initiative’s Planning Committee will identify the construct and membership of the Commission, identify key questions for consideration by that Commission, and oversee a national opinion survey. The Commission will in turn gather information, hold hearings, address key questions, and make recommendations for the future continuing Board Certification process. Having established the criteria for Commission membership, the Planning Committee is now issuing an open call for nominations for the Vision Commission.

Physicians, specialty and state medical societies, hospitals and health systems, health care organizations, consumer groups, patient advocacy organizations, members of the public, and ABMS Member Boards are all encouraged to submit nominations as well as share this open call for nominations with their members and colleagues. Completed submissions must be received by 9:00 pm CST January 8, 2018 for consideration. Commission members will be notified in late January 2018, with a public announcement of members scheduled in February 2018.

The criteria for potential Commission members, submission requirements, and instructions are available on the newly launched Vision Initiative website. This website serves as a central reference point for the Vision Initiative and includes updates, information, and reports from the Planning Committee and Commission. It allows stakeholders to actively engage in the process by including a dedicated section for feedback and input as well as an opportunity to sign up to receive monthly updates and other breaking news from the Commission.

Please take this opportunity to frame the future continuing certification program and ensure that it is relevant and valuable to all stakeholders, including Board Certified physicians and the patients they serve, by nominating someone to serve on the Vision Commission.

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